Trump wants to politicize EPA science


Confusion abounds after word leaked that Trump officials have mandated that all the climate change content on the EPA’s website—as well as scientific studies and communications about air and water pollution data—will now go under political review before public release. The EPA has a long-standing science integrity policy that bars the agency’s political leadership from suppressing, altering, or impeding timely release of scientific information. The news sparked immediate public outrage, forcing the Trump administration to quickly backtrack, calling the move just a “temporary hold” until staff “put a little freshener” on existing material. This is just latest example of the new administration manipulating how and what government agencies can share with the public, and it sets a troubling tone for the government’s scientific integrity over the next four years.

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